The Department of Linguistics is a leader in cognitive/functional, usage-based approaches to linguistic theory grounded in empirical data from linguistic fieldwork, natural language corpora and experimentation. We have research strengths in descriptive linguistics and language revitalization, historical/typological/areal linguistics, laboratory phonology and phonetics, speech perception and production, first and second language learning/acquisition, gesture studies, corpus linguistics, and variationist sociolinguistics.
We offer a Ph.D. in General Linguistics and an M.A. in Language Teaching Studies. Only under exceptional circumstances do we admit students to work towards an M.A. in General Linguistics.